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Epsom NH News

January 23, 2013

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Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 and Evergreen Lodge #53 would like to thank the Epsom Community for their generous support for our annual Christmas projects. The “Santa” gift stars made wishes come true for 50 children through the “Friends of Forgotten Children.”


Thanks to the Epsom Public Library and Circle Restaurant for displaying the stars! Special thanks to Carol and Dan Ransom for coordinating this event and delivering the gifts. Our annual Photos with Santa allowed us to make a generous monetary donation to Epsom Central School for children and families in need. Thank you to Jay and Patricia Hickey of McCoy Mountain Tree Farm, David and Betty Lent, The Epsom Fire Dept. for their donations of trees, and friends and members from both lodges who donated cookies, helped wrap gifts and helped on the day of the event.



Please join Evelyn Wead’s family in honoring her 90th birthday on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the New Rye Congregational Church.   The open house celebration for Evelyn will be from11:30 to 2:30 and refreshments will be served.   No gifts necessary.




I Agree


I agree with National Rifle Association spokesperson Wayne LaPierre who says when it comes to guns, good mental health should be a top priority.


I believe he should start with the paranoid, delusional, anarchist members many of us viewed on youtube recently.


Nancy Heath 






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

This week my committee held public hearings on four bills. HB156, on the state fire marshal, was a housekeeping bill to remove references to obsolete statutes. A good idea, but questions revealed that the office of the fire marshal is defined in two different places in the laws - and they don’t agree! 


HB155, on open source software, was a minor modification to the law we passed last year. HB141, on training new commissioners, came out of the committee on the Liquor Commission, and I co-sponsored it. It merely requires the Governor to set up a training program for the new commissioners she appoints, and we heard Gov. Hassan intends to go ahead with the idea, whether or not the bill passes.


HB124, on the definition of gainful employment when receiving a disability pension, wants to delete the income limit for Group II (police, fire, corrections) members once they would be old enough to receive a normal pension. Since the beginning of the pension system, disability pensions have been reduced if the pensioner earns more than he would if he were still working, including the pension and any outside income. In 2009, the limit was repealed, but it was reinstated in 2011. I oppose this bill because the disability pension is supposed to be an income floor for people injured on the job, and the extra expenses (however small) will fall on our local property taxpayers. This bill will be debated hotly, since the situation discourages work: once they make as much as they would if they were still at work (between the new job and the pension), every extra dollar they earn results in a dollar cut in the pension.


Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details than fit here.

Representative Carol McGuire

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Contest Winners Prove You Can Lose Weight Any Time of Year

Local Businesses Team Up Through The Holidays For Big Results And Big Rewards


We all know that holiday weight gain is inevitable, right? Not so fast, according to award winning personal trainer and weight loss coach Nancy Carlson. “We challenged our clients to not gain the weight that most Americans will over the last 12 weeks of the year” Coach Nancy relates “but we also gave them the tools to actually lose weight during that tough time of year.”


A combination of efficient and intense but fun training, coupled with a nutrition plan you can stick with for life produced some amazing results. “Debbie, the first place winner of our ‘Eat Your Way Right Through The Holidays” challenge lost 13.41% of her body weight in 12 weeks, in spite of all the parties, office goodies and family feasts” Nancy shares, “and our top 5 got rid of 76 pounds of flab – simply amazing.”


Local businesses teamed up with Get Fit NH and generously treated the winners to some fantastic prizes. “Many thanks to D’Tangles Salon and Spa of Epsom, Chichester Massage and Bodywork Center, and Sally’s Hairem and Peace and Balance Body Therapies, both in Concord, for treating our winners” said a grateful Coach Nancy.


To learn more about how Get Fit NH can help you achieve these kind of results, please email Nancy at [email protected] or give her a call at (603) 344-2651. For a free 2-week tryout to her award winning Epsom/Concord training program to experience the best personal training in NH, please visit


Nancy Carlson is the co-owner of Cr8 Health & Fitness LLC, and is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Youth Fitness Specialist. As a busy mom of six, she understands what it takes to integrate a healthy lifestyle into a hectic schedule. Nancy is also a fitness instructor and runs the award winning Get Fit NH ( with her husband and co-trainer Dean in Epsom and Concord, NH.



Epsom Central School Student Advances In Lions International

Peace Poster Contest

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Jenna Flewelling, a 6th grade student at Epsom Central School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Epsom Chichester Lions Club.


Flewelling’s poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster contest.  Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of “world peace to young people everywhere.” 


The submitted posters from Epsom Central School and Chichester Middle School were judged on November 6th, 2012 by members of the Epsom Chichester Lions Club. Members included David Joslyn, president; Betty Thompson, secretary; Dick Gibson, membership chairman/zone chairman; Judith Gibsom and Barbara Saco as well as Susan Hoag, project chairman.


Judgements were based on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme... “Imagine Peace.”


The posters will be on display at the Kimball Jenkins Art Gallery in Concord, NH this spring. Dates, at this time are unknown.




Thank You To All!


We would like to thank everyone for their support of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 112 Children’s Store.


We would like to thank Care Pharmacy, Century 21 Thompson Realty, Epsom Central School, M&M Ford, Pembroke Academy, Sterling Cleaver Butcher Shop, and Z1 Express for letting us put donation boxes and posters up.


Thank you to Bickford’s Sport Center, Epsom Post Office, Epsom Public Library, Monty’s Pet Foods and Supplies, The Circle Restaurant, and Weathervane Seafood Restaurant for displaying our posters.


Thanks to Epsom Dunkin Donuts for the coffee donation. A big thank you to the teenagers who volunteered as elves and wrappers, to everyone who donated items to the Children’s Store, to all our family and friends who where involved and helped us to have a memorable and successful event. A special thanks to Auxiliary and Legion members who helped with the Children’s Store.



Epsom Central School Staff and Faculty

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Mrs. Rita Kiley, Food Service Director


Rita, along with daughter Kimmy Kiley and Ruth Bachelder, make up the cafeteria team called “The Gourmet Gals” by the teachers. Rita is responsible for setting menus and preparing over 6,000 meals per month. Menus change monthly, and meal ideas begin with government requirements regarding the percentage of whole grain foods, calorie counts, and balanced diets. Other ideas come from the “Gals” themselves as well as children and staff members. 


Rita’s day begins at 6:30 as her team prepares a hot, wholesome, “really nice” breakfast for 20-plus children. Once a week, she employs her personal recipe for muffins, which are popular with children and staff alike.


Rita was a paraprofessional at Barnstead Elementary for 10 years, and started working at ECS in midyear of 2003. She says she loves working here in what she calls a “great school community.” Rita and her team have great rapport with the kids, faculty, and staff. They also cater the Leadership Breakfast, Michael Briggs Benefit Dinner, a special breakfast after NECAP testing, and the Grandparent Luncheon for Grades K-8, which was attended this year by 187 grandparents. Rita also participates in the Mini-Courses by offering classes in cooking, cake decorating, and tie-dying. When the team was invited to The Cook’s Corner on WMUR TV, they demonstrated making their Buffalo Pizza, a favorite of ECS children and staff.


Rita says, “We have a very good time in the kitchen. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. Working in the school system allows me to keep in touch with kids.” She would say to Epsom parents, “Good job with your kids!” and that the children she sees are generally polite and respectful to the team. 


Rita lives in Barnstead with Mike, her husband of 33 years, and two of their four children. She says her working hours leave time to support her grandchildren in their activities. In her free time, Rita spends time with her family, walks her dogs, and plays the fiddle.





Coni Pease

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On January 8, 2013, surrounded by her family, Coni went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus.


Coni, born in Norwalk, CT on January 14, 1931, was a long time resident of Epsom NH. The past 20 years Coni has lived in South Carolina.


Coni was the daughter of Nicholas R. and Dorothy (Seef) Tavello. Coni had one brother, Donald R. Tavello.


Coni loved interior design, yard work, painting water colors, cleaning her home, animals, especially her dogs, but what Coni loved most was family and friends gathering, all of us together, the more the merrier. Coni’s favorite time was Christmas. Coni always made Christmas fun. Even though she lived down south Coni always came home for Christmas to be with family. She made Christmas complete.


As a friend and mother, Coni always had time to listen, pray with you, give moral support, cheer you on, and believe for your miracle. Coni always opened her home to friends and strangers. Her priority was family.


Coni’s life was an example of faith, strength, determination and true courage. A polio victim at age 27, Coni was confined to a bed for two years. She promised God if he got her on her feet she would accomplish something everyday. A promise she kept.


“I can’t” was a phrase not used by our mother. She preferred “Never say never."


Coni was predeceased by her brother, Donald R. Tavello and grandson, Justin Poster. She is survived by Randy Smith, her loving companion and loyal friend from South Carolina. Her daughters, Nicki Gagnon and husband George, Billie Blodgett and husband Skip  both from Deerfield; her sons, Dandi Pease and wife Sharon and Loni Pease, both from Virginia; seven grandchildren, April Poster,  Coni Baines, Matty Tavello, Raven Blodgett, Brianne Pease, Kiley Pease, and Elijah Gagnon; six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.


As her family, we saw the struggles she faced and overcame. The tears and sorrows she bore and the laughs, smiles and hope shared. She was and is an inspiration to all of us. We were fortunate and proud to be able to call her Ma.






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